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review 2018-06-08 00:14
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen

 

Joanna is studying to become a lawyer, and all that is left to do is to take her bar exam, but she has been out of work for a while because of an accident and a boyfriend, when her father, Sir Hugo Langley dies. He has always been a distant father, and Joanna doesn't know much about his life at all. And now she is all alone since her mother died when she was 11. She must go home and settle up his affairs and go through his things when she happens upon some items that seem to have a mystery to them from his past. Italy? To try to learn more about her dad, and unravel some questions that they items have raised, she travels there, and instead of finding more answers, she finds more questions and mystery. 
The story shifts from her father during WWII as a downed fighter pilot, and Joanna, 30 years later, so through the course of the book, it comes full circle. I particularly liked the parts of the Tuscan food, scenery and culture. (Needs to have a companion cookbook! hint, hint Ms. Bowen). The only part that disappointed me was that I wanted a happier ending for a couple of the characters (and I won't say who as that would be a spoiler), but given that it was mirroring life at a particular time, I suppose it was realistic. >sigh< All in all, I thought it was a good book.

 

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review 2018-03-11 19:01
THE TUSCAN CHILD BY RHYS BOWEN
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen
#TheTuscanChild #NetGalley


What
 a suprise this book was!

It's About an English girl who's father dies and while cleaning out 
his house, she finds a returned letter to an Italian woman in a 
small town in Tuscany he fell in love with during the war while 
hiding out after his plane had crashed and he was wounded. 
She goes there to find out any information she can about that 
time and maybe just heal at the same time. 
Very well written and handles switching between 1973 and
1944 very well. Loved the culture and the description of the 
scenery and the food...the food had me drooling! 
Loved all the characters.especially the Italian lady who 
rents the room to the main character..she was my favorite!

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review 2018-02-12 00:00
The Tuscan Child
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen This was my first book of Ms. Bowen’s but certainly not my last. This book sucked me in from the first page til the last. I fell in love with Hugo, Joanna, Renzo and all the characters. I highly recommend this book
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text 2018-01-31 00:53
Under the Tuscan Sun re-read
Under the Tuscan Sun - Frances Mayes

A neighbor gave me a copy of the follow up to this book, Bella Tuscany, and as I started reading it, I realised there was a lot of stuff I didn't remember from this book, and a lot of details I'd conflated with the movie.  So, a re-read was in order.

 

I still stand by the 3 stars I gave it the first time.  It's a beautiful book and I want to chuck it all and move to Tuscany more than ever, but the writing takes some getting used to.  It's often lyrical (sometimes to extremes) and often abrupt; in a lot of sentences, the pronoun is just meant to be assumed.  A lot of readers won't like the style.  I was often one of them, but still, I lost myself in a hot, Tuscan hillside all over again, and I'm looking forward to continuing the trip in Bella Tuscany.

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review 2018-01-26 00:00
The Tuscan Child
The Tuscan Child - Rhys Bowen Another favorite to add to my list of Favorites of war genre. Moving, great characters and a mystery thrown in.
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